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Tackle It is used in prisons around Yorkshire
Leeds Rhinos Foundation launch Tackle It
28 November 2018, 1:58
By Leanne Flynn
Since it was launched in 2016, Leeds Rhinos Foundation's 'Onside' project, which runs in HMP Leeds and HMP Wealstun, has become one of the charity's most successful initiatives.
Working with prisoners to tackle the issues of reoffending by covering issues such as healthy living, employability, relationships, behaviour and consequences, respect and discipline, the project has contributed in reducing re-offending rates with attendees.

Following the success of the project, and through their partnership with West Yorkshire Police I.O.M Prison hub the charity has now been asked to deliver a new 'Tackle It' course which will work with domestic abuse victims and offenders.

'Tackle It' will aim to make a difference by addressing behaviours and attitudes through class room and sport participation.

Janet Sylvester, project tutor at Leeds Rhinos Foundation said: "This new project is an extension of the work we already deliver in prisons but will focus more specifically on the behaviours surrounding domestic abuse. As well as working with prisoners we will be working with partners such as the probation service and offering support for victims. The 'Tackle It' project has been funded by the Whole Systems Approach to Domestic Abuse Project which is being implemented by West Yorkshire Police and six other police forces.

"We need to look at ways in which we can prevent Domestic Abuse and intervene earlier, and through the 'Tackle it' project we see this as a way of reducing re-offending and preventing further victims of crime by educating the perpetrator to stop and think about their actions and attitude when they are in prison."

Sergeant Rowbottom, from the IOM Prison Hub said "This Partnership with HMP Wealstun and the Leeds Rhinos Foundation looks at collectively working together to prevent further Domestic Abuse. The project is unique as it has a dedicated worker to work with the domestic abuse victims of those perpetrators in custody."

Anne Collinson, victim support worker at Leeds Rhinos Foundation said: "This additional work in the community with the victim and their families has been welcomed. It enables us to help to ensure that the required support is in place providing a holistic approach"

The 'Tackle It' project addresses offending behaviour and helps to assess options in developing a 'life plan' to be in place on release. A plan which focuses on increased self-reflection, consistent and constant self-improvement. The intention is to motivate, rehabilitate and resettle an individual into society where they can work towards enjoying a more successful life away from crime and abuse and therefore having a positive impact on society.

'Tackle It' will work with current inmates at HMP Wealstun, using the power of sport and the engaging values of sport to cover a range of areas and teaching values that will be linked to real life skills. It will be delivered twice a week over six weeks of classroom and physical activity and will demonstrate how individual qualities and life skills can be transferable into many different situations

In addition targeted areas that will be identified will include; raising awareness of abusive behaviour's, healthy and unhealthy relationship, being a man, identifying ineffective behaviour's and how these may affect others, triggers and feelings that may lead to these ineffective behaviour's. The intention is to motivate, rehabilitate and resettle an individual into society.

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